Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #78

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

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Hello! 
  I have enjoyed my blogging break. I will probably post some reviews this week, but I will be back to writing soon. Please come back and see me in September!

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Here's my thrifty week:
  • I made homemade soap with a friend. I already had the lye on hand and was able to sell some of it to the other ladies we were teaching, so I made the money that I needed to pay for the other ingredients. The recipe we use is a simple one using lye, coconut oil, vegetable shortening, olive oil and water. 
  • I've been reading Courageous, a review book by Dina Sleiman
  • I did my own ironing. The last time I took clothes to the cleaners, it was nearly $10 for a shirt and a pair of dry clean only slacks. I rarely use the cleaners, but for those two items it's a must. I do my own ironing—I just wanted credit for it this week. ~grin~
  • Hubby traded his Ipad, that we used at the restaurant, for a used laptop, for his current job, at the computer store. That was a blessing!
  • We received a large gift of chicken for the freezer.
  • I made a soup with leftover frozen hamburgers from a cookout a couple weeks ago. It was a fail since it tasted like charcoal. But hey—I tried!
  • My Emily received a bag of hand me over clothes. There were a few items she liked, and the rest are taking up real estate until I take them to the thrift store.
  • We had a back to school lunch at Sonic when they had their $1 chili dogs and hot dogs. 
  • We ate leftovers for lunch. 
  • We enjoyed Wendy's $.50 frosties for the family.
  • I received another book for review—The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson. I really like her Christmas books!


Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What are you doing in your home this week?
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Now it's time to go make supper. I'll be back to writing soon

ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #77



Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

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Hello! 
  I was thrilled to feel a bit of a chill in the very early mornings this week. It's been under '90, and I'm so thankful. I am going to take a week or two off from writing. I have much to do right now with school starting and getting used to a new schedule. I will post any reviews that are due, and maybe a thrifty week post; but otherwise, I'll be taking some time away from the computer. Please come back and see me in September!

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Here's my thrifty week:
  • I made some personal tissue covers from fabric and thread in my stash.
  • I left the air conditioner off one day.
  • We rented DVDs for half price $.82 on Sunday at our local video store.
  • I bought some drinks at Sonic's Happy Hour.
  • We shopped at a couple thrift stores, but only bought a couple of orange t-shirts for $.50 to make little fabric pumpkins with. 
  • I edited a review that my son wrote for a Bluetooth speaker.
  • I listed some more things on Ebay.
  • I also sold some books on Ebay.
  • I used my freezer as a refrigerator for my milk so that it wouldn't go bad. The fridge part itself isn't staying cold enough. I am limping along with it in hopes that it will work better when it gets cooler. If worse comes to worse, I guess I'll need to use a cooler. ~grin~
  • I got the latest When Calls the Heart DVD Forever in My Heart. You'll see a review soon.

Don't forget to enter my little Autumn giveaway
It's just the cutest little board book!
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What are you doing in your home this week?
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I enjoyed this quote from Joyce Meyer this week:

"When we believe the best of people, we let go of each thing they do that is hurtful to us. And we choose to think things like, 'I don't believe they meant to hurt me.' 'Maybe they're having a bad day or don't feel well.' 'They probably don't even realize how they sound.' Joyce Meyer"
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/joyce_meyer.html
 "ღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #76



Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

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Hello! 

I am just certain that I blinked and summer was gone. I've done many things on my summer bucket list, but I don't think I'm going to get to all of them. My youngest is already finishing up her second week of school. My son will be starting on Monday. My college daughter gets another week. This is the first year that they all are starting at different times. 

I've been sneaking in some sewing time this week, but it's my mending basket. 

I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

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Here's my thrifty week:
  • I mended some bath towels that were getting ratty. I cut off the ends that looked bad, ran my hands along the edges to get the little pieces of terry cloth off, then used a wide zigzag stitch by machine over the edges. They're a little shorter now, but it saved them from the rag pile.
  • My daughter called the college to make sure her financial aid was in place before purchasing her books. Good thing. They were still doing the paperwork. I don't want to run up any bills before we are sure what her benefits will be.
  • I organized my ten errands in order from one end of town to the other so that I wouldn't have to do any backtracking. Using an insulated freezer bag made it possible to get the few grocery items I needed early in my trip. 
  • My Emily used scrapbook paper we didn't need to line the cabinet in the bathroom. It looks so nice. 
  • I made an apple crisp using apples that were beginning to get mealy. 
  • We borrowed The Magic of Ordinary Days from the library through interlibrary loan.
  • My friend sent me some fabric to make some skirts and dresses. Thank you Michelle! She gets more stitching done than anyone I know. The word prolific comes to mind. She sells her stitchery, too, so be sure to contact her if you need something made up. She has a charming blog where she shows her works in progress, her finished stitchery, and photos of her very adorable cat, Sylvia. Please visit her at Ozarks Sew n' Sews, and tell her hi.
  • One of our front windows fell out this week. Believe it or not, it didn't break! My husband spent less than $10 for little metal pieces and glazing then fixed the window for me. Thrifty since we didn't pay anyone to do it for us!
  • I sold some things on Etsy and on Ebay.
  • I also listed more things on Ebay last night.
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What are you doing in your home this week?
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I enjoyed this quote from Mother Theresa this week:

"Spread love everywhere you go:
first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children,
to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor...
Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better and happier."

Mother Teresa

ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hello!

Well, it's been a week filled with reviews. Just wanted to say hello to new readers, and you faithful ladies that sweetly leave me comments, and let you know that this is not just a review blog! Every once in awhile, I find myself finishing more than one book or movie. Take a look around. I write a lot about my faith and about thrifty living. For now, it's time to make dinner. ~grin~

Be blessed friends.

Laura
Happy at Home

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Blessings

   I just love fall and everything about it! One of my most treasured memories is the year that we grew pumpkins for a pumpkin patch at Harvest Lane Farm. I loved watching each little pumpkin baby form and grow into its own unique shape and size. Every one was different. Bumpy, smooth, short, tall, slim, stout, I liked them all. My favorites are the ones that are deep dark orange and short and round—like me. Oh, did I say that aloud? ~grin~

   A love for children's books that are centered around pumpkin themes grew in me just like those little pumpkins. Fortunately, I had four little, cuddly pumpkins to read to during that time. Years have past, we no longer have a pumpkin patch, and we no longer have little pumpkins. They've grown into teens and young adults, but I still adore pumpkin books.

Pumpkin Patch Blessings


   Pumpkin Patch Blessings is a sweet little board book from Zondervan, created by Kim Washburn and Jacqueline East. Even though I don't have any littles, I just had to get it! After all, grandlittles will come someday. ~smile~ Grammy has to be ready—right?

   This little book has adorable pictures of bunnies, birdies, ladybugs, a doggy, a horsey, cute chubby faced children and lots of things to point out and name to your little pumpkin. 

   The story is written in verse.

"Ready to go? 
We don't want to be late.
Just put on a sweater.
The weather is great. 

God's creation is calling.
Let's go find some treasure.
Pumpkin Patch blessings.
Oh what a treasure!"

   I give this little book five pumpkins! 

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Friday, August 5, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #75



Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

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Hello! Welcome to August! Many of us are getting ready for back-to-school. It's been a bit different for me this year. This week I have one daughter who is gone at camp, one daughter, my youngest,  who started homeschool with only math and English, one son who has been working days and evenings with the local police at a local event that was estimated to bring up to 70,000 people to add to our town of 12,000! In addition, my eldest son, who lives a mile down the road, told me he plans to move to a nearby city next month! It's been interesting.

The middle kiddles, now 16 and 18, will begin school in a couple of weeks. My youngest will go to a full school schedule then, too. I still have some school planning to do before we go full swing. Well, enough about my odd week. ~smile~

I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

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Here's my thrifty week:
  • I mended some dish towels by hand while watching a history lecture.
  • I sewed new buttons on my daughter's capris. 
  • I wrote a review for a book I received for free.
  • I bought fruits on sale. Do you know about Price Matcherz? They have ads for cities across the US that can help you find the best deals. Just click on your nearest city. You can then use the prices at your local Walmart.
  • I planned meals.
  • I borrowed a video and an audio CD from our local library.
  • I let my Penny play with an empty water bottle, with supervision, until she conquered it. ~smile~ It's one of her favorite toys because of the delightful crackle it makes. I make sure to take it away when it gets crushed to keep her safe.
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What are you doing in your home this week?
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I enjoyed this quote from Lady Lydia this week:

"Please have a wonderful day no matter what the circumstances and remember that contentment is the practice of expressing thankfulness for every good thing, no matter how trivial. Life is too short to not care about the little touches of beauty. We can go through life thinking it is an ugly world we live in, or we can replace every disappointment by thinking about and doing something delightful."

ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cry Out to Jesus


Whatever you need... He's there.
Wherever you are... He's there.
Whenever you ask... He's there.

You are not alone.
Jesus Christ is real.
He came to set you free from 
sin, and to bring peace
between you and God. 

Reach out...
cry out to Jesus.
He's waiting and listening.